Ah, the joy of head lice!
I first started making my own nit treatment oil after I was given a chemical one by the doctor. It made us all so ill – it was some sort of spray and I felt like we were being fumigated. We all got terrible chest infections after using it. I wouldn’t normally even try a chemical solution but my girls have long curly hair and they acted like I was trying to murder them when I tried just nit combing their hair so I’m afraid I buckled. Lesson learned.
So this nit treatment has been developed to make it easier to comb and remove the lice from your hair, kill the eggs and soothe the scalp. It’s completely natural and has a pleasant rather than off-putting aroma.
Organic olive oil is the base but I’ve used a really special version that has been infused with lots of soothing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory plants like kawakawa, calendula and chamomile. All these plants have been wild crafted or grown in my own garden and the oil is solar infused over many weeks.
1. Brush the hair
2. Add oil to brushed hair so that it covers the whole head and all hair. This does not require much oil. I find a good way to make sure it covers all the hair is to do it in lines of hair and add it either with a pastry brush or the nit comb by dipping the nit comb to the oil and combing it through.
3. Put the hair in a bun and cover either in a plastic shower cap or cling film. I like to leave it for a couple of hours but you could leave it overnight (I put a towel on their pillow).
4. I know this is weird but we kind of like this next bit. Use a nice fine nit comb to comb all the eggs and nits out. It’s surprisingly satisfying to see all the eggs just glide off.
5. Shampoo well
6. Nit comb for 3 more days. Unfortunately it takes only a couple of escapees to carry on the cycle so you must continue to comb in case any eggs are left and have hatched. As this solution is completely natural you could also repeat if necessary in a week but I don’t usually find that it’s required.
Kawakawa, calendula comfrey and chamomole in organic olive oil
Essential oils of tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus,rosemary, rose geranium and manuka.